Meet Our Student Staff 2017-2018!

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Ayah El-Fahmawi

Event Coordination & Faculty Engagement 

Union City, CA

Major: Biology and Minoring in Fine Arts with an interest in BioDesign and medicine.

I have previously worked with building programming for the Community Engagement Internship Program and Open Forum. I am a proud member of the Palestinian diaspora and I'm passionate about globally-conscious social justice education. Outside of the Civic House, I am co-chair of Penn Students for Justice in Palestine and a performer in the Excelano Project, Penn's spoken word collective.

You can reach me at ayahe@sas.upenn.edu.


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Bri Rodriguez

Campus Collaborations & PennCORP

New York City/Northern NJ

Majors: Urban Studies & Sociology 

Pronouns: They/them/theirs/themself

Two fun facts: I have 3 amazing roommates (one is Yary) and I also longboard.

I was the Former Summer Programming Interm/PennCORP Co-Director for the 2017 session and this will be my 2nd year as a Program Assistant at Civic House. I am also a Civic Scholar and participate on the Civic Scholars Advisory Board. 

You can reach me at brirod@sas.upenn.edu



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Clare Connaughton

Faculty Engagement & Social Media/ Communications

Mineola, NY

Major:Urban Studies and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations

I have studied abroad in India, Brazil, and Senegal and was a participant in PennCORP 2014, a Student Leader in 2015 and 2017, and a co-director in 2016. I am also part of the Civic Scholars Class of 2018, participated in a Penn Alternative Breaks trip to Austin, Texas in 2016, and currently co-facilitate Social Justice 101.

I enjoy facilitating social justice education workshops, supporting student staff and social media. 

My main interests are supporting FGLI students, critical and sustainable development & immigrant human rights.

You can reach me at clarec@sas.upenn.edu


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Tatiana Johnson

Campus Collaborations & PennCORP

Bronx, NY

Desired Major:  Sociology and Economics.

Fun fact: J. Lo went to my high school.

I'm a former PennCorp participant and I am now a Civic Scholar. My hobbies/ interests include listening to music, watching films, writing and sleeping. I'm also a good listener and communicator.

I am passionate about causes concerning reproductive justice, equal opportunity, black women's rights and sexual assault, harassment and exploitation issues.

You can reach me at jtatiana@sas.upenn.edu.


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Johany Dubon

Event Coordination &Space Reservations 

Houston, TX

Major: Political Science

Fun Fact: I met Zendaya at the Women's March in D.C. 

On a day to day basis I perform basic office duties and help keep the House a nice and welcoming space. Last year one of my biggest projects was helping to plan the Senior and Alumni Reception. I enjoy being at Civic House because the work allows me to collaborate with both my peers and my supervisors. 

My skills and interests are in politics, reading non fiction, and The Flash. 

I am passionate about education policy and  issues related to first-generation & low income communities. 

You can reach me at johany@sas.upenn.edu

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Madison Pettaway

Event Coordination & Social Media/ Communications

Providence, RI

Desired Major (previous studies): Urban Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Fun Fact: I can speak, read, and write German at a very basic level

 At Civic House, I am a Program Assistant, Civic Scholar, and I participated in PennCorp. I'm at Civic House because I really love the people and I like its focus on community engagement from a social justice lens. I love theatre, reading, and laughing.

I'm passionate about fighting and organizing against gender, racial, and educational inequality. I'm still trying to figure out in which ways I wish to approach fighting for justice in those areas.


You can reach me at madip@sas.upenn.edu

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Lemoine Joseph

Graduate Assistant & Program Coordiantor (WPTP)

Williamsville, NY


Major: Higher Education, Previous (Mathematics & Chemistry)

Fun Fact: I don't have a middle name.

My primary role at Civic House is to serve as the Program Coordinator for the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. I really appreciate working at Civic house because of the critical lens that both the students and staff have when engaging in work with the West Philadelphia community.

My interests and skills fall in facilitation, event planning, and peer mentoring. I am passionate about education inequity & racial identity formation.


You can reach me at ljos@gse.upenn.edu .